Review: When We Met by AL Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina Lee

Review: When We Met by AL Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina LeeWhen We Met by A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina Lee

Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by NAL on November 4, 2014
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars  

I picked up this unique anthology of four inter-connected stories by by four different NA authors so I could enjoy two new to me authors and two I already appreciate.

Because it’s an antho with assorted authors, I’m going to attempt mini-reviews of each story even though the four heroines are all college roommates and friends. *laughter at the thought of ‘mini’ and ‘review’ associated with me*

Behind Her Eyes by A.L. Jackson

This one starts off with a painful, teary-eyed bang. Misha was exploited by the first guy she thinks loves her and her whole world crumbles. She is determined never to trust a guy again even if he takes over her thoughts like the sultry, cocky Darryn Wilde from next door. Darryn knows all about Misha and she is nothing like what he was expecting. He wants to be her one and only if he can coax her into trusting him. I was touched by Misha’s pathos and wanted these two together. I wish Darryn’s back story had been teased out more so I could get to know the guy behind the bad boy looks.

Saving Me by Molly McAdams

Oh my, another sad one. Indy’s pains are deep and her wild behavior makes so much sense when it all comes out, but Kier’s past just made me sob like a baby. Amazing little love story here. Guilt and grief and survivor’s guilt are strong themes. So glad these two found each other.

Fouling Out by Tiffany King

This one started and I thought, not cool, she’s a judgmental Queen B who’s holding a mistake a guy made as a kid against him- not even a real mistake, but more like she was making it all on him in her head. Then Courtney got with the program and gave Dalton a chance turning this into a sassy fun, sweet sports romance. Score for Courtney and Dalton!

Beneath Your Layers by Christina Lee

What a poignant story of what happens when two seemingly incompatible people imprisoned by their lives are forced to work together. Chloe learns about the pain and loss that Blake must live with and Blake discovers why Chloe scrambles for maintaining full control at all costs. It was amazing watching these two connect and discover how much they needed each other and how plans can change.

Each story was engaging in varying degrees. They all featured first person alternating points of view. I didn’t catch it at first, but they also were a string of stories told in order through one school year at college with each girl’s story hitting a different quarter in the year.

I think it was a champ idea for different authors to take on each girl’s story because it really gave them individual voices.

I also thought it was good that the stories weren’t all of the same tone. As much as my heart twisted in the first two stories, I was glad for the lighter fare of the last two. Not that they were without substance; just not full of such deep angst. The variety was nice.

All of them were fab samples of New Adult Contemporary Romance. I look forward to more books by the authors.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Loved your thoughts on this one. I really have heard great things about Christina Lee and haven’t read much in the NA genre, so I might just have to check this one out.

    • It’s like a nice NA sampler to see what you like. The first two get pretty angsty and are ‘typical’ (if there is such a thing) NA fare that I tend to only like in small doses. Christina Lee strikes a very good balance so the angst is there, but not overwhelming. She’s my most recommended NA author beside KA Tucker. I like Tiffany Lee’s stuff too.

  • Yay! I enjoyed this one too! Two of the ladies were already on my favorites list–King and Lee–but it was fun checking out the others. I totally missed the told each on a different quarter of a school year. So why I love reading reviews. Everyone always catches something a little different 😀

    • So true! I’ve seen that too how others really notice something that slipped my attention until they brought it up. It did take me until the writing up the review to notice that the stories were all the same school year just different quarters. That’s funny. I was familiar with the same two authors and wanted to try the others out.

      • Braine does that to me often. She’ll go on about something and I’m going whoa whoa whoa how did I NOT see that?! Heh. You’ve gotten me a few times too. SO fun to see those things though.

        • Yep, Braine and Stephanie and you. I sit there and sometimes feel like I missed a huge chunk of the book and yet I didn’t (not a complaint as I like that feeling). I almost want to re-read just to go back and see all that again.

          • Oh yes. I have a pile for re-reads…someday. Ahhh that wish to Santa. It really needs to come true. More reading time please!!